Saints Training Camp Recap, 8/13/13: Defense Wins the Day Again, Offense Forced To Run Extra Gassers

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After coaches controversially ruled Jimmy Graham down during a spirited two-minute drill instead of awarding him the TD and later after Malcolm Jenkins stepped in front of Lance Moore for a Drew Brees INT, defensive players reportedly didn't hold back their celebration because this win meant that offensive players had to run extra gassers. The Graham Reaper insists he wasn't down and would have scored the TD after he caught a 65-yard bomb from Breesus. It's nice that the defense is winning some battles. I'm not worried about the offense.

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Around the league

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Lagniappe

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Video

VIDEO: Sean Payton: "taking it slow with Pierre and Will"
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton talks with reporters after practice on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

VIDEO: Jimmy Graham talks about Saints offense vs defense
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham talks with reporters after practice on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Morning Report: August 13
New Orleans Saints Senior writer John Deshazier talks with New Orleans Saints Director of Player Development Fred McAfee prior to practice on Tuesday, August 13, 2013.

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New Orleans Saints highlights from practice on Monday, August 12, 2013.

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VIDEO: New Orleans Saints Afternoon Wrap: August 12
Sean Kelley and John DeShazier wrap up New Orleans Saints practice on Monday, August 12, 2013 by focusing on the Saints working short yardage situation, the return of LB Jonathan Vilma to practice and the latest roster moves.

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